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Brace Yourselves: Peeps Oreos Are Here

Plus other food news you should know right know

  • Peeps Oreos are here, the latest in a long line of stunt flavors for the iconic cookie. Is this more or less gross than Swedish Fish Oreos? The limited-edition Easter basket bait is clearly begging to be dunked into a glass of Peeps-flavored milk.
  • Attention, Disney stans: A London hotel is now serving Beauty and the Beast-themed afternoon tea. Tied to the upcoming release of the live-action film version, the Kensington Hotel’s “Tale as Old as Time” tea service includes Mrs. Potts and Chip dishware and chocolate tarts that resemble Cogsworth the clock. The bad news: It’s already fully booked through November.
  • Poor Chris Christie just can’t catch a break: First the New Jersey governor was passed over for a Cabinet position, and then this week Donald Trump forced him to eat meatloaf at a White House dinner. ‘‘This is what it’s like to be with Trump,’’ Christie said on a sports talk radio show yesterday. ‘‘He says, ‘There’s the menu, you guys order whatever you want.’ And then he says, ‘Chris, you and I are going to have the meatloaf.’’’ Lol forever.
  • Changes afoot at Eataly’s U.S. flagship store in Manhattan: The Flatiron District location is shuttering its fine-dining restaurant Manzo this weekend for a revamp. It’ll reopen in March “with an overhauled design, a butchering room, a new menu, and a cocktail list that highlights vermouth.”
  • Is free airline food making a comeback? Delta will begin serving free meals on select cross-country routes starting in March, and they don’t even look that terrible: Think fruit and cheese plates and breakfast sandwiches. (Don’t get too excited — while it’s an upgrade from a measly bag of peanuts, you’ll still have to pay for your checked bags.)
  • Looks like Charleston restaurateur Brooks Reitz has a new project in the works: Rumor has it it’s an Italian restaurant called Melfi’s and should drop sometime late this year. Known for Leon’s Oyster Shop and Little Jack’s Tavern, Reitz was also slated to open a restaurant with Top Chef winner Kristen Kish, though that project is now on hold.
  • Two of the world’s biggest food brands could become one: Kraft-Heinz has approached Unilever about a merger, though its initial offer of $143 billion was rejected. Such an acquisition would be “the largest-ever takeover in the food or beverage industry” — yes, even bigger than the massive AB-InBev and SABMiller beer merger.

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